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A successful author and celebrated boundary breaker, Misty Copeland was a natural choice to serve as honorary chair of the American Library Association’s National Library Week, which runs April 8–14 with the theme “Libraries Transform: Libraries Lead.”
ALA chose Copeland because her efforts “to lead youth to pursue their dreams, regardless of what challenges they may encounter, mirrors the efforts of librarians and library workers as they work to inspire, educate, and lead users to resources that improve lives,” said ALA president Jim Neal in a statement.
Copeland has written two New York Times bestsellers: 2017’s Ballerina Body and the 2014 memoir Life in Motion, as well as the award-winning 2014 children’s book Firebird, which encourages kids to work hard, dream big, and confront obstacles head on. It’s advice that comes from Copeland’s own experience: as a relative latecomer to ballet, she persevered through poverty, injury, and discrimination to become ABT’s second African American female soloist and first principal dancer.